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Nuttin' But Stringz

Background information
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Classical/Hip-Hop/R&B/Jazz
Years active 2004–present
Labels NBS Entertainment / Koch Entertainment
Damien Escobar
Tourie Escobar

Nuttin' But Stringz, also known as N.B.S., consists of brothers Damien and Tourie Escobar who both play violin. The musicians from Jamaica, Queens play a blend of classical music, hip-hop,[1] jazz and R&B.



In 2005, with the help of their manager, James Washington, the duo entered and won a talent competition at the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York. Their impressive victory on Showtime at the Apollo created a media frenzy, and led to subsequent appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show with Katie Couric, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Around the same time the duo showcased their talents at Carnegie Hall and even performed for President George W. Bush at The White House.

On January 8, 2006, the Escobars performed their song Thunder at the debut of the redesigned Cadillac CTS at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Nuttin' But Stringz performed after a classical string quartet. General Motors Corp. executives said Nuttin' But Stringz shows that what used to be good enough (the quartet) needs to be reinvigorated (N.B.S).[citation needed] A video for Thunder is also featured on the website for Jack's Big Music Show on Noggin. The exposure continued when they were featured in the first of five commercials featuring local artists on New York's local news channel, NY1.

NBS gained some national attention when their unique brand of music secured the brothers a small part in the 2006 dance movie Step Up, and shortly after CBS featured "Thunder" during the 2007 NCAA Tournament. 'Thunder' was also featured in the pilot episode of the television series The Black Donnellys, and was sampled in various television commercials.

NBS announced via the group's My Space page that a new album is currently in the works and will be released in spring 2009, and will be followed later in the year by a tour..[2]

America's Got Talent

The brothers big break came when they auditioned for the third season of NBC's America's Got Talent in New York City and received a unanimous yes from all three judges thus advancing to Las Vegas. They were subsequently named to the Top 40, advancing to Hollywood.[3] They made it through subsequent rounds and were one of the five acts to make it to the finals. The duo ultimately placed third behind the winner Neal E. Boyd and runner-up Eli Mattson.[4] As a result, the Escobar brother's music was featured during a montage at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.



Week Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Audition N/A "Thunder" Nuttin' But Stringz Advanced
Vegas Verdicts Instrumentals "N/A" N/A Advanced
Top 40
Group 1
N/A "Broken Sorrow" Nuttin' But Stringz Advanced
Top 20
Group 1
Heroes "Thunder Remix" Nuttin' But Stringz Advanced
Top 10 N/A "Winner" Nuttin' But Stringz Advanced
Top 5 N/A "Thunder" Nuttin' But Stringz 3rd Place



Year Title Chart Positions Album
US Hot 100 US R&B/Hip-Hop US Rap UK Singles Chart
2006 Dance With My Father - - - - Struggle from the Subway to the Charts
Thunder' - - - -



  1. ^ Chattanooga Times Free Press Taking Sides: Who will win America’s Got Talent?, September 23, 2008
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  3. ^ MSNBC It's ‘Stringz’ vs. four singers on ‘Talent’ finale, September 29, 2008
  4. ^ E Online America's Got Talent Picks a Winner, October 1, 2008

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